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5 out of 5 eggs Great for a home server 10/30/2013

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SL7-F-O uATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C222 DDR3 1600

Pros:

Loads of features make it a great all purpose home server. Micro-ATX allows you to build it into smaller enclosures. Dual *Intel* nics and a dedicated IPMI port allows you to run the box headless. Built in LSI SAS adapter for a total of 14 SATA ports.

Cons:

Some weird design / layout decisions on the part of supermicro.

-The 4-pin cpu fan header is in the far corner of the board next to the SATA ports.

- The onboard USB plug is very close to the cpu/heatsink. If you are using a larger USB stick then it will probably interfere with anything but a stock intel cooler.

Also, my board shipped with a newer version of the BIOS than what is available on Supermicro's support site. Not a big deal, but worry some if the need to re-flash the bios arrises.

If you are used to fine tuning BIOS settings in high end consumer motherboards, you'll need to adjust your expectations. Supermicro builds boards for stability and 24/7 operation, so you're likely to find much less customization than a gaming board.

Other Thoughts:

I'm running this as a FreeNAS 9.1.1 server with jails for Plex / Pfsense etc.

You'll need to flash the LSI adapter bios to IT mode if you want to pass the drives to the OS in HBA mode. Highly recommended if you plan to run FreeNAS / ZFS / or any other software RAID configuration.

Overall, this board is a great value. It's incredibly difficult to beat the feature/cost ratio of this board. If you have not used IPMI, you'll find it quite finicky, but an incredibly useful tool at the same time.

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  • Dean M.
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